Last week I brought back my Meet The Blogger series in a Meet The Blogger 2 featuring Fran from Francisca Rockey! You can catch up with that post here. But this week I’m welcoming back the lovely Cliona from Cliona Hill.
To recap Cliona is a twenty-one-year-old student from Ireland who runs the beauty and lifestyle blog Cliona Hill. I love catching up on Cliona’s new blog posts and engaging with her oh so pretty content. She’s one of my favourite bloggers and I cannot wait to catch up with her!
So let’s get into it…
1. How has your blog grown and developed since last year?
I feel like my content and photos have improved this past year and I’m so much happier and prouder of the posts I’m sharing at the moment. I’ve been spending more time on each post for both my blog and Instagram in recent months so that I can work on improving and evolving my photography and writing style.
2. Have you managed to reach any of your goals since then?
One of my goals for this past year has been to share more lifestyle content and a bit more of me on my blog. I feel like I’ve been making good progress with it but I could definitely push myself out of my comfort zone a little more!
3. How do you keep your audience engaged?
Interacting with fellow bloggers is so important and this past year I’ve made a bigger effort to support people’s content, especially on Instagram because of the algorithm problems! The blogging community is a very supportive place and naturally, other bloggers will want to support you as well which creates good engagement in the comments section of blog posts and Instagram.
I also love looking at my analytics to see what type of posts get good engagement and I try to post a good balance of the popular content that I know people like to see as well as incorporating posts that don’t do as well to keep things varied and fresh.
For Instagram writing longer, personal captions of what I get up to each day and ending my captions with a question also opens up a conversation in the comments.
4. What is the biggest blogging lesson you’ve learnt?
The biggest blogging lesson I’ve learned is to not spread myself thinly across various different social media platforms! I used to want to be able to post on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (plus Snapchat too when it was popular) multiple times a day as well as posting on my blog but I was struggling to manage it all. So I decided to just focus on my blog and Instagram and I’m so much happier focusing on the two platforms I enjoy most!
5. What does your blogging process look like?
I usually plan my content at the start of every month by writing down a list of around 10 ideas and I pick a couple that I’d like to work on that month.
I’ll then take photos for the posts as I’m a visual person and I need photos to inspire my writing! I used to take blog photos here and there whenever I felt inspired but now I prefer to bulk shoot all my blog and Instagram photos in one afternoon.
Once I have my photos taken and edited, I usually write rough drafts of two or three posts in one sitting and I come back and edit them or write a bit more if I need to – the editing usually takes about 4 or 5 evenings during the week to complete as the rough drafts are really rough, haha!
6. Are there any changes you’d like to make to your blog?
I’d like to get into a better posting schedule as sometimes I could have two posts in one week and then nothing for another week. I tend to write a few posts in one go but I upload them too close together because I’m excited to share them, so I’m trying to balance that out at the moment! I’d also like to continue evolving my content, posting a variety of topics and sharing what I want without worrying about whether it will do well.
7. How do you manage your personal life alongside blogging?
Honestly, it can be so hard to manage personal life and blogging, especially when life gets a bit hectic! Planning and bulk shooting photos definitely help me keep on top of things but sometimes taking a little break or posting less can do me the world of good as it helps me refocus and feel inspired again!
8. Is there any topics you want to touch on that you haven’t yet?
I’d love to write some posts about mental health as it’s a topic that’s close to my heart. At the moment I don’t feel ready to share my journey but it’s something I’d love to share on my blog one day and I’m sure I’ll know when the time is ready for me.
9. Has blogging helped you outside of the online world? And if so how?
Blogging has taught me so many new skills and it helped me pick what university degree I wanted to do. I always thought I was a creative person but I didn’t think I was good enough to pursue a creative career. I was going to choose the primary school teaching degree but blogging showed me how much I love photography and although I’m not 100% sure what I’ll end up pursuing after university, I’m currently leaning towards wedding and family photography!
The blogging community has also taught me the importance of self-care and slow living. When I’m feeling overwhelmed or anxious and I log into Instagram and see a photo of a cosy bath setup it instantly makes me treat myself to a cosy pamper evening to unwind.
10. If we were to do a part 3 of this post next year, how/what do you wish to have achieved?
My aim for the next year is to share a variety of topics, post more consistently, push myself out of my comfort zone with my content and post more on my Insta Stories!
Thank you so much Cliona for letting me interview you again, Cliona. It was so lovely to catch up with you again. Thank you so much for taking part in this part 2 of my Meet The Blogger series.
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